At the 2015 SHOT Show, competitive shooting legend Rob Leatham runs through Springfield Armory’s new Loaded M1A Series rifle with an adjustable stock (MP9826, MSRP $2,021).
All Loaded models have a medium-weight premium air-gauged National Match barrel, National Match–tuned 4.5– to 5-pound two-stage trigger, a National Match front sight blade, and non-hooded National Match rear aperture.
Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Winchester), the rifle’s adjustable stock offers an inch and a quarter of length-of-pull adjustment, making the rifle’s overall length 45 to 46.25 inches. The National Match blade front sight is .062 inches in diameter, with the match grade rear sight having a .0520-inch aperture and half-minute adjustments for windage and 1-MOA adjustments for elevation.
The 22-inch-long stainless steel barrel has a 1:11 RH twist with six grooves. Weight with an empty magazine is 11.25 lbs. It ships with one 10-round Parkerized-steel magazine.
The newest member of the M1A series joins a historically significant line of great firearms. After World War II, the engineers at the US Government’s Springfield Armory set about designing a replacement for the M1 Garand. In 1959, the U.S. military adopted the resultant M14.
The rugged reliability of the M14, coupled with its formidable 7.62×51 NATO cartridge, left an enduring impression on America’s fighting forces despite its relatively short tenure. When it was replaced in 1970, it set the stage for the next step in its history.
In 1974, Springfield Armory in Geneseo, Illinois began offering a civilian legal semi-automatic version known as the M1A. Powerful, accurate and reliable, M1As were soon dominating the National Matches at Camp Perry. Shooters across the country discovered the versatility and enjoyable satisfaction of owning an M1A.
Today, the M1A is firmly established as a platform that can handle any mission, any condition, any foe at any range. M1As are found in national competitions, in the hands of operators on elite tactical teams, and in the back country hunting big game. And although the M14 is no longer the service rifle of the U.S. military, it still sees action as a designated marksman rifle and as a sniper rifle.